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All is busted. All is broke. All is bitter. All is BRIGHT.
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While out on parole, Dennis reluctantly takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old buddy Rene in order to make enough money to buy his estranged daughter the piano she's always wanted. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Paul Giamatti ... Dennis

Paul Rudd ... Rene

Sally Hawkins ... Olga

Amy Landecker ... Therese
Tatyana Richaud ... Michi
Adam Phillips ... Antoine

Michael Drayer ... Bobby, who comes to buy a tree

Colman Domingo ... Nzomo

Halley Feiffer ... Claire, from last year

Nikki M. James ... Betsy
Gordon Joseph Weiss ... Blind Guy

Curtiss Cook ... Kevin (as Curtiss L'Cook)

Darren Goldstein ... Border Guard
Rob Munk ... Friendly Vermonteer

Peter Hermann ... Monsieur Tremblay

Morgan Spector ... Vladimir
Marcia Haufrecht ... Bartender #1
Janet Sarno ... Bartender #2

Colleen Werthmann ... Cop 1

Robert Keiley ... Cop 2

Desmin Borges ... Diner Owner
Joseph Eric Berthiaume ... Friend 1
Joseph Cross ... Friend 2
Samuel Mercedes ... Kid 1
Gracie Lopez ... Kid who takes a tree

Emory Cohen ... Lou, who comes to buy a tree

Duane Boutte ... Man 1
Steve Hurwitz ... Man 2

Liza Colón-Zayas ... Mother of Six (as Liza Colon-Zayas)

Vincent D'Arbouze ... Prison Guard at the beginning

Pamela Stewart ... Tree Farm Owner (as Pamela Holden Stewart)
Linda Powell ... Woman 1
Carla Brandberg ... Woman 2
Lucy Taylor ... Woman from New Zealand

Gregory Perri ... Young Clerk

Amanda Warren ... Young Woman (as Amanda Mason Warren)
Shingo Nishimaru ... Band Member #1
Keita Nishimaru ... Band Member #2
Hiromu Yanagiya ... Band Member #3
Verna O'Hobson ... Pawn Shop Owner

Alexandra Fatovich ... Woman #4
Farley A. Wilson ... Man #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mardi Jones ... Librarian
Katelynn Bailey ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Joe Dolinsky ... Club Kid (uncredited)

Elli ... Rabbi Elli (uncredited)

Jordan Fargo ... Kid 1 (uncredited)

Lola Freidenstine ... School Girl (uncredited)
Stephanie Gere ... Canadian Border Guard (uncredited)

Julie Hays ... Woman in Window (uncredited)

Sean Marrinan ... Tree Farm Worker (uncredited)

Richard Meiman ... Christmas Tree Buyer #1 (uncredited)

Bryan A. Miranda ... Hipster (uncredited)

Booch O'Connell ... School Girl (uncredited)

Lil Rhee ... Brooklyn Resident (uncredited)

Bonnie Rose ... Homesec Woman (uncredited)
Luke Tomalin Sherman ... Laird (uncredited)

Barbara Vincent ... Christmas Tree Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Morrison 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Melissa James Gibson  written by

Produced by
Luca Borghese .... co-producer
Daniel Carey .... producer (as Dan Carey)
Elizabeth Giamatti .... producer
Paul Giamatti .... executive producer
Michael Hogan .... executive producer
Sidney Kimmel .... producer
Louise Lovegrove .... co-producer
John Penotti .... producer
Christopher Pia .... co-executive producer
Bruce Toll .... executive producer
Kevin Kasha .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Graham Reynolds 
 
Cinematography by
W. Mott Hupfel III (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Buchanan 
 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
Gayle Keller 
 
Production Design by
Mary Frederickson 
 
Art Direction by
Morgan Sabia 
 
Set Decoration by
Kelley Burney 
 
Costume Design by
Ciera Wells 
 
Makeup Department
Sarah Hindsgaul .... key hair stylist
Satoko Ichinose .... hair department head
Lauzanne Nel .... key makeup artist
Arielle Toelke .... makeup department head
Dawn Tunnell .... makeup artist
Gina Leone .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Rashi DeStefano .... production supervisor
Kirk Michael Fellows .... production manager
Louise Lovegrove .... unit production manager
Nancy Valle .... executive in charge of post production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second second assistant director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick Gibbons .... second assistant director (as Patrick D. Gibbons)
Kim Thompson .... additional second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... on-set dresser (as Matt Amenta)
Wilbur L. Ball .... scenic artist (as Wilber Ball)
Candice Cardasis .... on-set dresser
Joe Clark .... off-set dresser
Cindy Fain-Vreeland .... props assistant (as Cindy Fain)
Rafael Fraguada .... on-set dresser: Las Vegas (as Rafael Froguada)
Robert John Gallagher .... set dresser
George Hess .... off-set dresser
John Michael Holden .... art production assistant (as John Holden)
Sally Hope .... scenic artist
Arthur Jongewaard .... art coordinator
Ricky Moson .... on-set dresser
Bridget Rafferty .... art production assistant
Alex Robadaugh .... art production assistant
Joe Sacco .... off-set dresser (as Joe Socco)
Sherryl Sachs .... scenic charge
Jennifer Santucci .... props assistant
Marcus Slabine .... set production assistant
Kimberly Slosek .... property master
Adam Smith .... off-set dresser
Mark Sonderskov .... construction coordinator
Malcolm Sonsire .... lead man
Richard Suffern .... key construction grip
William Wiggins .... off-set dresser
John Wolanczyk .... scenic artist (as John Wolankzyk)
John Davis .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Tansy Michaud .... art department intern (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound playback operator (as Antonio Arroyo)
Junior Cyrus Baron .... boom operator (as Cyrus Baron)
Josh Berger .... audio assistant
Patrick Christensen .... adr mixer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator (as Thomas Jordan)
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Tony Martinez .... adr editor
Carl Shillito .... foley mixer
Gregg Swiatlowski .... foley editor
Damian Volpe .... supervising sound editor
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jon Dowdy .... special effects assistant
Chris Jordan .... special effects coordinator
Robert Keymer .... special effects assistant (as Rob Keymer)
Mike Myers .... special effects coordinator
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Daniel Cohen .... visual effects: The Molecule
Thompson Conradi .... visual effects: The Molecule (as Thompson Conradi Jr.)
Audra Coulombe .... visual effects: The Molecule
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects: The Molecule
Mark Scott Friedman .... visual effects: The Molecule (as Mark Friedman)
Namjin Heo .... visual effects: The Molecule
Henry Jean .... visual effects: The Molecule
Austin Meyers .... visual effects: The Molecule
Joshua Sacavage .... visual effects: The Molecule
Aniela Sidorska .... visual effects: The Molecule
Chad Sikora .... visual effects: The Molecule
Jonathan Skabla .... visual effects: The Molecule
Jung Um .... visual effects: The Molecule
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer: The Molecule (uncredited)
Luis de Leon .... compositor: The Molecule (uncredited)
Geoff DuQuette .... compositor (uncredited)
Artur Elson .... compositor (uncredited)
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer: The Molecule (uncredited)
Michael Phan .... compositor (uncredited)
Adam Schwartz .... compositor (uncredited)
John Youlen Sung .... compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Farfel .... additional stunt coordinator
Robert Lee Harvey .... stunt double: Rene
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebecca Arndt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Amber Barrera .... loader
Kevin Carlisle .... dolly grip
Craig Catolane .... company grip
Andrew Engert .... generator operator
Max Frankston .... video playback operator
Michael Fuchs .... camera operator: "b" camera
Derek Gross .... gaffer
Erin Henning .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Samuel Herbig .... best boy electric
Linda Kallerus .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Linda Slater)
David Kruta .... digital imaging technician
Frank Larson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Caitlin Machak .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Daniel Merrill .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Blaise Miller .... company electric
Joaquin Padilla .... best boy grip
Aaron Randall .... key grip
Susan Starr .... camera operator: "a" camera
Waris Supanpong .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Niko Tavernise .... still photographer
Corey Walter .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Yetter .... additional gaffer
A.J. Desimone .... camera intern (uncredited)
David Kruta .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
John Nasta .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Cynthia Degros .... casting assistant
Jill Hamburgo .... background casting assistant
Ali Merhi .... background casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Crabtree .... costume supervisor
Kim Goings .... wardrobe assistant
Ashley Posey .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Christian G. Farfan .... digital intermediate conform editor (as Chris Farfan)
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Roman Hankewycz .... digital intermediate conform editor
Rhonda L. Moore .... digital intermediate producer (as Rhonda Moore)
Jonathan Sanden .... additional editor
Morgan Wajda-Levie .... assistant editor
Paul Zucker .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Arial Abshire .... musician: vocals
Jeremy Bruch .... musician: drums
Ricky Davis .... musician: pedal steel
Thomas Echols .... musician: guitar
Utah Hamrick .... musician: bass
Lyle Hysen .... music supervisor
Ruby Jane .... musician: fiddle
Ruby Jane .... musician: vocals
Emily Manzo .... musician: Olga's piano performance
Katherine Gordon Miller .... music editor (as Katherine Miller)
John Mills .... musician: saxophone and clarinet
Buzz Moran .... music editor
Buzz Moran .... score mixer
Buzz Moran .... score producer
Buzz Moran .... score recordist
Graham Reynolds .... musician: drums
Graham Reynolds .... musician: pedal steel
Graham Reynolds .... musician: piano and miscellaneous
Graham Reynolds .... score mixer
Graham Reynolds .... score producer
Graham Reynolds .... score recordist
Gandhar Savur .... music clearances
Jimmy Shortell .... musician: trumpet and flugelhorn
Adam Sultan .... musician: guitar
Redd Volkaert .... musician: guitar
Redd Volkaert .... musician: vocals
 
Transportation Department
Robert Graniero .... teamster driver
Tommy Walsh .... teamster driver
Kevin R. Wood .... transportation captain (as Kevin Wood)
 
Other crew
Adam Alter .... additional production assistant
Soroya Anglin .... financial controller
Richard Auth .... set production assistant
Michele Baker .... location manager
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Matt Berenson .... president of production: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Dustin Bricker .... script supervisor
Budesh Bridgepaul .... payroll accountant
Oliver Brooks .... set production assistant
Blanca Camacho .... loop group
Danielle Davis .... craft service
Juan Diaz de Lindo .... additional production assistant (as Juan Lindo)
Thomas Deming-Henes .... set production assistant
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Penny Dyer .... dialect coach
Michael J. Ferrari .... assistant: Mr. Morrison (as Michael Ferrari)
Dann Fink .... adr loop group
Tami Flicker .... office intern
Siobhan Gorski .... assistant to business and legal affairs: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Eli Gurevich .... production accountant
Richard Hagerty .... product placement and clearances
Nicholas Hanks .... executive vice president of business and legal affairs: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (as Nick Hanks)
Karl Hartman .... production office coordinator
Vicki Higgins .... assistant: Mr. Tauber. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Dronile Hiraldo .... office intern
Matthew Honovic .... production associate
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Phyllis Johnson .... loop group
Monique Jones .... vice president of finance/controller: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Cory Kadamani .... background production assistant
Jason Kadlec .... assistant location manager
Albert Karim .... office intern
Louis Katz .... physician (as Dr. Louis Katz)
Alan R. Klein .... production immigration lawyer
Brian Kornreich .... business & legal affairs executive
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post (as Yana Lehman)
Richard Lewis .... chief financial officer: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Nicolas Luna .... office production assistant (as Nic Luna)
Stephen Magnani .... office intern
Tabatha Maletich .... executive assistant: Mr. Kimmel and Mr. Lewis, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Tom Maloney .... key production assistant
Roberto Marquez .... office intern
Marcus Maurice .... loop group
Michael T. Mergen .... unit assistant (as Mike Mergen)
Mark Mikutowicz .... vice president production: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Joel Miller .... set production assistant
Iolanta O'Neill .... dialect coach
Angel Pina .... cook (as Angelo Pina)
Jorge Pina .... head chef
Rob Plonskier .... office production assistant
David Primak .... business and legal affairs intern
Armando Riesco .... loop group
Max Rifkind-Barron .... set production assistant: Atlanta
Keisya Rito .... staff accountant: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Shirley Rumierk .... loop group (as Shirley A. Rumierk)
Hannah Salwen .... office intern
Kelsey Schuyler .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Tom Sexton .... location scout
Barkin Smith .... production counsel
Jill L. Smith .... production counsel
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... location assistant: Las Vegas (as Jennifer Sonenfeld)
Dylan Tarason .... senior vice president production: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
April Taskin .... assistant controller: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Jim Tauber .... president: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Louie Tremblay .... office production assistant
Shawn Wilson .... key accountant
Bruce Winant .... loop group (as Bruce Nielsen Winant)
Christopher Wos .... craft service assistant
Wing Yeong .... location scout
Jeremy Zalben .... location assistant
Billy Zayac .... additional production assistant (as William Zayac)
Alexi Melvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chloe Elaine Scharf .... photo double: Michi (uncredited)
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... stand-in: Mr. Giamatti (uncredited)
 

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23 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Paul Giamatti leads a great cast in Phil Morrison's latest film..., 22 April 2013

Phil Morrison blazed onto the scene with Junebug (2005) and managed to introduce the cinematic world to the blissful abilities with Oscar- nominated actress Amy Adams. With a near eight year stretch, he has finally taken his directorial chair yet again to bring the whimsical and fascinating Almost Christmas with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd.

The film opens up with Dennis (Giamatti), a recently released ex-convict that learns that his now ex-wife has told their daughter that he died in prison. To make matters worse, his partner-in-crime Rene is now dating her with intentions of marriage. With no job, home, or any real place to go, Rene's guilt partners with Dennis' opportunities and the two French Canadians embark on a trip to New York City to sell Christmas trees just before the holidays. During the daily antics and struggle to sell, eat, and sleep out of a wooden trailer, a dentist's wife (Sally Hawkins) presents a possible opportunity for them to learn more than just the meaning of the holidays.

Paul Giamatti continues to elevate himself to one of the greatest working actors today. As Dennis, he's utterly believable and encounters a new side of himself as an actor that is both funny and completely genuine. Giamatti's dedication to the craft allows him to continue to do what he normally achieves with all of his off-beat characters that are dreadful on the inside with a kind core that the audience can easily access.

As Rene, Paul Rudd continues his attempt at off-beat comedies on the independent circuit and presents himself as a very capable and gifted actor. His performance, which naturally brings many of the film's biggest laughs, is one of the Rudd's most surprising portrayals to date. Rudd shows vulnerability, skill, and a promise of a very endearing and powerful performance somewhere in his future. While the role is not a full-out home-run for the actor, he is more than average and presents some of the film's beautiful highlights.

Written by Melissa James Gibson, Almost Christmas is an incredibly original concept with a slight twist on a genre you may feel like you've seen before. The actions and story temperature are unhurried and at times cold, but ultimately is what makes the film succeed. There are some off-beat choices in character behaviors and an unrelated qualm about how someone should act in firm situations, but for a first-time screenwriter, it's a great plateau for her to step off. Gibson has only been credited as a writer on the show, "The Americans." She constructs authentic characterizations and gives them all an identity for the actor's to latch onto.

Golden Globe Winner Sally Hawkins is amazingly charming and wondrous in her role. With her delightful and appealing accent partnered with her cutely delivered monologue about "Fortune of Wheel," it's another strong turn from the gifted actress that has yet to take off in the big Hollywood manner as of yet. Hawkins is absolutely hilarious.

Phil Morrison's direction and choices aren't as bold or as inventive as his styles in Junebug. The story doesn't lend itself to those traits that made him a quiet sensation in the mid-2000s. He lends himself to a more defined genre of filmmaking that doesn't go for the big moments or audience reactions. It's a undemanding yet solid directorial work. The film's narrative is paced at a leisured speed, which may take some out of the story. It does take a minute to lift off but when it gets going, Almost Christmas has you hooked. It's a fine film event for movie-goers and a possible contender for year-end citations by independent groups.

Oscar CHANCES: Lead Actor for Paul Giamatti, Supporting Actress for Sally Hawkins, Original Screenplay for Melissa James Gibson

Read More @ The Awards Circuit (http://www.awardscircuit.com

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